Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
House Mosi in Johannesburg, South Africa by Nico van der Meulen Architects
November 6th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Nico van der Meulen Architects
House Mosi was commissioned to Nico van der Meulen Architects with an explicit plan: the final product had to match the owner specifications. All in all, the architects had to create a single-storey home with an urban feel to substitute the 1950’s feel of the old house and convert it into a timeless modern space with a unique flow.
Rudolph van der Meulen of the celebrated South African architectural firm designed a plan with many alterations and additions to allow a sketch with four bedrooms and large entertaining areas. Large double volume spaces and flat roofs have been used in the alteration to keep vertical expansion in mind for the client’s future.
As a result of an impeccable renovation, the house is divided into public and private spaces. These are divided by an internal water feature and a bridge that is used to enter the private areas of the home. The entrance hall and a study are so separated from the private home. To honour the owner’s wish of an urban and open feel, the interior and exterior entertaining areas have been blurred by sliding stacking doors that open up the whole facade.
Every detail of the interiors of this home has been styled by M Square Lifestyle Necessities, so to create a perfect synergy between exterior and interior. Focusing on creating a liveable, relevant and expressive home, the large interior planes were perfectly balanced through the use of specifically chosen furniture and artwork, which were all used as visual statements. By using a neutral palette, a warm environment was created by bringing in touches of colour through rich and bold accessories and furnishings such as the Domino coffee table and bold flower pattern ottoman.
Natural wood elements articulate texture and depth; while essential to the welcoming ambience of the home, the correct styling enhances each room and brings the architectural design to a full and complete circle. The timeless grandeur of this home lies in its harmonious balance between warm textured finishes and vast neutral colour planes.
Nico van der Meulen Architects.
Nico van der Meulen is the founding member and CEO of Nico van der Meulen Architects. As architects and interior designers the firm specializes in designing up-market residential and excusive commercial developments, for both private individuals and companies.
Nico van der Meulen Architects have designed more than 4000 buildings during the past 40 years, many of which have received international acclaim and some as far afield as the USA, London, Cypress, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Russia and many African countries. The firm is known for designing some of South Africa’s most beautiful homes.
Having studied civil engineering, Nico was involved in construction for many years before starting to design full time and registering as an architect and as such, Nico has been involved in the building industry for 40 years.
In addition, he has also refined his long time interest in eco-sensitive, sustainable African architecture which he actively promotes. He was involved, as lead architect, with the creation of estate rules in 5 developments involving nearly 4000 houses with several of these developments being in eco-sensitive areas.
In excess of 230 buildings designed by Nico van der Meulen have been featured in magazines, hardcover books and have also been used on the front cover image for magazines many times. Nico van der Meulen’s work continues to be published in magazines and books. He has also written articles for several magazines.
27 houses designed by Nico van der Meulen have been featured on Top Billing and a house designed by Nico van der Meulen was used by Lilian Too as a demonstration of the principles of Feng Shui on Carte Blanche.
Nico van der Meulen Architects was established in 1984, 28 years ago and is situated in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The firm subscribed to a philosophy of functionalism from the very start and insists that all designs should be sustainable and energy efficient, as Nico is a registered Green Certified Professional and member of the Green Building Council of South Africa.
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